Ahhh…vacation! We look forward to it impatiently…whether we’re going to the beach, the mountains, or staying at home to unwind, vacations are a great way to relax, refresh, and recharge your batteries.
However, recent studies show that many people don’t take advantage of their vacation days. For example, for some, the worry of falling behind at work steals their rest.
I’m mentioning this because I believe that laughter can be compared to an ignored vacation day: it’s an unused benefit. Unfortunately, laughter is an opportunity many neglect to fully take advantage of. It’s available to each one of us – we can enjoy it if we choose to – “but it’s left in a toolbox of tools that God makes available to us that we often neglect.”
If God gave us the ability to laugh, it’s not for no reason. Laughter is vital in the battle against anxiety, stress, worry, and fear. That’s why the Word of God proclaims:
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” (read Proverbs 17:22, NLT)
I’d like to suggest something: why not take some time to laugh?
Take a few minutes every day to think about the good things that happened during the day. Spend time with funny and encouraging people: their humor and positivity are contagious.
If you’re going through painful circumstances that have stolen your laughter and brought stress into your life, don’t try to get through them on your own. Ask God for His help and pray that His joy would again take its place in your heart. He wants to and can give you “…a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair…” (Isaiah 61:3).
The Word of God says that we’re the light of the world (see Matthew 5:14). What if your laughter was the switch that turns on that light?
Thanks for existing!